Since drawing the national spotlight in the mid 1990's, Chef Michelle Bernstein has remained one of the region's most well-respected and successful chefs/restaurateurs. A Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, this passionate culinaire has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun.
"My food isn't heavy handed or unnecessarily complicated," says Bernstein, a James Beard Award winner ("Best Chef South 2008") and author of Cuisine a Latina (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008). "You don't need heavy handed technique and over the top presentations to make a dish work. It's about amazing ingredients, layered flavors and simplicity. My style of cooking is inspired by my own food memories and it's the simple, soulful cooking that stays that I remember from my travels. I cook the food I love and I think that love translates to the diners."
These days, Bernstein is busier than ever. She recently opened Crumb on Parchment, a cozy café in the heart of the Miami Design District, and continues to operate her South Florida restaurant: Michy's.
Beyond a family of successful restaurants and her own family (she and husband/partner David Martinez recently became parents), Bernstein dedicates time to Common Threads an after-school program for underprivileged kids and regularly appears on an array of national TV shows, from Top Chef to Good Morning America.